Vamp 25th Anniversary Edition Two-Disc set (1986 dir. Richard Wenk) Arrow Video – DVD Review
Vamp is one of those eighties horror-comedies you may or may not have caught late one night on Channel 4 or BBC 2 in the early eighties.
In fact, I saw a lot of people in store, who were probably shopping for something other than a horror flick, pick it and peruse it just out of curiosity. How many movie covers manage to do that nowadays?
The people at Arrow Video have really put together a lovely package.
A generous two-disc set loaded with commentaries, insightful retrospective interviews, booklets, fold-out double-sided posters and sleeves – if you’re looking for a Criterion-level package for obscure eighties horror flicks, Arrow Video meet the mark.
All that’s well and good I hear you ask, but is the film any good?
The plot concerns a pair of wannabe down with the crowd frat nominees who head to the big city to score a stripper as part of their initiation.
When chancing upon the required establishment and discovering said strippers are vampires, hilarity and horror is assured until dawn and the end credits.
Given that the above classics had come before Vamp, I would have been more appreciative of the film’s efforts had it been made a little earlier.
You get the feeling while watching Vamp that it was trying something new with its take on a brat-pack style horror-comedy. Despite its intention however, the end product seems to ride the wave of what was then contemporary, without really rising above its predecessors.
Vamp is like an eighties pop song that would have worked well on radio rotation with the classics of the day, but played on its own it’s more of a video curio.
That said, if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery you would have noticed that the plot of Vamp bears a close resemblance to Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn (1996).
Indeed, from comparing the two films it’s clear that a lot of the elements have been ‘sampled’ into the latter.
Viewed this way, Vamp has had its life extended twice: once in this glorious two-disc set and again in a Tarantino classic. Vamp is available to buy now.